Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence joined in with Donald Trump Thursday and declined to endorse Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte amid their re-election campaigns.
According to NBC News, Pence declined to say whether he supports the pair of senators, who Trump publicly railed against during an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday. Pence said that he plans to support GOP candidates "all over the country," adding that Trump does too, but didn't reveal his intentions regarding McCain and Ayotte.
"I look forward to supporting Republican candidates in the days and weeks ahead all over the country, and so does Donald Trump," Pence said. "But the stakes in this election are so high. To restore our country at home and abroad, we need new leadership, and I'm looking forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump to drive that new leadership forward."
In the Tuesday interview, Trump also declined to support House Speaker Paul Ryan ahead of his primary election next week against Paul Nehlen, who has been supportive of Trump's campaign. Despite Trump's declaration that he was "just not quite there yet" on endorsing Ryan, the Indiana governor came out Wednesday and endorsed the speaker, saying that Trump "strongly encouraged" him to do so.
"I talked to Donald Trump this morning about my support for Paul Ryan and our long-term friendship and he strongly encouraged me to endorse Paul Ryan in next Tuesday's primary and I'm pleased to do it," Pence told Fox News on Wednesday.
"These two men are going to do great things to restore this country at home and abroad," Pence said. "In politics, it takes time to get relationships going ... I think we need Paul Ryan in the Congress of the United States to rebuild our military, to strengthen our economy and to ensure that we have the kind of leadership in this country that will make America great again."